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It’s easy to limit noise in your home but it takes planning from the beginning. Here are essentials you need to know. Read on!
For most people, their home is their sanctuary. Or at least, it should be, but noise from both inside and outside can take away that peacefulness. Unless you want to go to the enormous expense of professionally soundproofing every room in the house, a little noise is unavoidable. But there are plenty of ways you can limit the noise and improve comfort levels at the same time.
Acoustic insulation, or sound insulation, is a great way to protect your home and even different living areas from unwanted noise. However, it’s not always as simple as installing insulation batts. You need to know what you’re looking for so you can get the best value for money.
Here’s a few ways you can limit unwanted noise in your home.
Keep Street and Neighborhood Noise Outside
Even the quietest streets in town are going to be noisy sometimes. Whether it’s barking dogs, power tool use or even people mowing their lawn, the noise can be irritating. Car noise is another culprit, and if you’re living on a busy street you’ll know all about that.
Luckily, there’s a way to limit the outside noise by installing quality, highly-rated insulation in your external walls. It will help you control room temperature and save you money on energy, but the big bonus is your home will be quieter.
Insulate Your Internal Walls
If you’re insulating external walls, don’t forget about the internal ones too. Household noise doesn’t just come from outside. It’s from other rooms in the house also, as anybody with children will tell you. Entertaining areas, the laundry, kids’ bedrooms; all of these places are sources of household noise. Acoustic insulation helps keep that noise where it belongs, so you can relax wherever you like.
Cut Down on “Walking Noise”
Walking noise throughout the home is a common problem. With floorboards, it’s naturally going to be a little noisier. Carpet has a level of sound absorption built-in, but you can still drastically limit walking noise with quality underfloor insulation. It’s thinner than regular insulation batts but offers great thermal performance while reducing the transfer of walking noise.
It’s All About Planning
Like anything around the home, the ideal time to install insulation is during the build process. Everything is exposed, you’ve got easy access to all areas. You can also ask the builders to do it for you, and you won’t have to lift a finger! So, if you are building a new home, make sure you consider sourcing highly-rated, high-performance insulation for every room. For the best performance, you’ll want it in externals and internal walls, in your roof cavity, and also under the floor.
If you’ve got an existing home, it’s not impossible to add insulation, so you should still consider it. Seek some expert advice and find out the best ways to install acoustic insulation throughout your home. When you’re relaxing on the couch with no household noise, you’ll be very glad you did!